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President's Blog

The University President, Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, periodically posts blogs and email messages to the University community and the public about important University relations, developments, and updates.

Read his most recent blogs below and subscribe to receive all updates.

President's Blog

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    Answering Hate with Solidarity

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 04/01/2021 - 10:13am

    Dear members of the University community,

    A study issued earlier this month concluded that hate crimes against members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities have risen in the United States by nearly 150% in the past year. This sharp, startling and deplorable increase in racially fueled attacks against people of Asian descent comes amid an overall nationwide decline in hate crimes during the same period.

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    One Year Later, We’re Almost Home

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 03/11/2021 - 9:37am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    This month is the one-year anniversary of the University’s transition to remote learning and business operations in response to COVID-19. Last spring, none of us could have fully anticipated how long the situation would last or the effects the pandemic would have on us as individuals, as an institution and as members of a wider community.

    However, we did know this: whatever challenges lay ahead would be met with your resolve and resilience – and that’s exactly what happened.

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    Our Scholars Answer A Higher Calling

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 02/04/2021 - 1:42pm

    Dear members of the University community,

    As you may be aware, the Lafayette Public Library’s governing board recently refused to accept a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities that would have funded a community book reading and discussion about the history of voting rights in the United States.

    In rejecting the grant, a board member questioned the objectivity of a member of our faculty, Dr. Theodore Foster, an assistant professor of history who was to act as one of two facilitators for the book discussion.

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    Familiar Challenges, But New Hope, in 2021

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 01/11/2021 - 2:09pm

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Happy new year and welcome to the spring semester!

    I hope that your well-deserved winter break was restful and that you’re ready for a strong start to 2021.

    We cannot begin this new year, however, without acknowledging that 2020 continues to cast a long shadow, both close to home and across our nation.

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